A student's-eye view of the illustration studios


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: Cambridge School of Art
Course: BA (Hons) Illustration and Animation
Category: Student Ambassador

11 July 2017

Some students at Cambridge School of Art dance around the windy stairwells, enjoying the interesting artwork that is continuously on display.

But if you are anything like me you will spend your time becoming a walking sculpture when lugging your art around.

Illustration student Beeny carrying a framed piece of artwork downstairs

I never enjoy myself more than when I’m in the animation or illustration studio working on projects. The studios are lively places to work. I spend a lot of my time looking at the projects I am working on and discussing these with other students.

Illustration student Beeny drawing in the illustration studios

The university provides equipment for all forms of animation, including stop motion, hand drawn and digital.

Illustration student Beeny using digital animation equipment

In your first year you spend a lot of time Ruskin 210, a large, sun-lit open studio space.

The large, open-space illustration studio

Not all the desks are without computers though, and during some days at university I spend my time editing work on these Macs.

A row of Apple Macs

When studying an art degree you may even venture into the life drawing room. These are always calm places to work, allowing you to really concentrate on developing your drawing skills.

Easels and chairs around a plinth for life-drawing subjects

The print room! This is the room that drew me to Anglia Ruskin University. It is a busy, buzzing hub of creativity. The most amazing print work is produced across many subjects: BA Graphic Design, BA Illustration, MA Children’s Book Illustration and many more.

A chest of drawers covered in printmaking  equipment, in front of a printing press and next to a table where students are working.

You may want to avoid the library. However, there is an enormous section of books that discuss all aspects of art and design, and they're really not dull at all.

Not only are the studios and library open to work in, but many students also complete projects at home. The doors to the university are open even at the weekend.



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